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Echuca Moama Bridal & Events


Celebrate with the elegance of yesteryear Suit yourself


Deniliquin Dry Cleaners Essential Hair & Beauty Tarria Moore Photography Deniliquin RSL Club


Local wedding collage


The Depot Watters Clothing Joy Allan celebrant Central Cellarbrations Deni


Country weddings The perfect toast


Feature Wedding: Madeline and Matt Jackson


The Ideal Wedding Plan


Central Cellarbrations Deniliquin Must Love Flowers Melanie Wilson celebrant Deniliquin Showcase Jewellers


Choosing your ring Secluded and natural wedding venue


Feature Wedding: Annie and Lachy Small


Rachael K & The Smoking Gun Cassandra Biggs celebrant Smokin' Goods Barbecue Aileen Phelan celebrant Deniliquin Golf Club


Waratah Images Photography


Local Dental Watters Clothing The Wood Fire Dough Throwers Libby Russell celebrant The Wedding Festival Goulburn Valley


Making your wedding day special


Country Wedding & Event Hire


SUNDAY, MAY 3 2020


10 AM - 3 PM • $10 ENTRY

EDITOR Zoe McMaugh 5881 2322 zoe.mcmaugh@denipt.

The “Tie the Knot Festival”, is a new bridal and events festival showcasing the suppliers in our region. The event is interactive with demonstrations, tastings and displays from a wide range of vendors. Bridal High Tea (bookings essential).

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DESIGN Alex Paul ADVERTISING Kylie Davis 5881 2322 kylie.davis@denipt. Sarah Bain 5883 1033 sarah.bain@ southernriverianews. COVER Annie and Lachy Small Photography: Daniel and Shannaya Films.

PUBLISHED BY Deniliquin Newspapers PO Box 408, Deniliquin, NSW 2710 5881 2322

CELEBRATE WITH THE ELEGANCE OF YESTERYEAR CLASSIC ELEGANCE IS WHAT YOU’LL GET WHEN YOU CHOOSE THE DEPOT’S THE CADILLAC ROOM FOR YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION OR ENGAGEMENT PARTY. The room’s decor is inspired by the 1959 sedan de ville Cadillac in the historic vehicle and memorabilia collection on the ground floor of The Depot. The Cadillac Room, which is located on the second floor mezzanine, offers panoramic views of the collection. The Cadillac Room’s key features are the 1950s inspired images and decorations which adorn the walls, and the built in dance floor. The show stopper is the bar which resembles the dash of the 1959 Cadillac, and can be illuminated for that additional wow factor. ‘‘But you don’t have to be a car enthusiast to appreciate the individuality of this room,’’ functions coordinator Kacey Dighton said. ‘‘It is ideal for intimate receptions and celebrations, and the classic black and white theme means whichever colour scheme you choose will work. ‘‘The Cadillac Room opens out on to a mezzanine with glass barriers that allows you to view the collection, or you can choose to close the sliding doors for a bit of privacy.’’

CATERING TO YOUR GUESTS A range of catering options are available to you in The Cadillac Room. Speak to the team about in-house catering options, using the standard kitchen to cater yourself or bringing in an outside caterer. ‘‘One of the weddings we have already hosted had a barbecue food truck with spit roasts come in to cater their special day,’’ Ms Dighton said. ‘‘It was quite a popular option.’’ WHEN SHOULD YOU BOOK? While The Depot is flexible in its booking deadlines, Ms Dighton said booking early is always wise. It is recommended couples book at least six to three months in advance. When booking, be sure to ask how The Depot might be able to tailor a wedding celebration to meet your needs. ‘‘Even before officially opening we received a number of enquiries about weddings and other functions, so booking early assures the venue is available when you need it.” To book The Cadillac Room at The Depot, phone (03) 5881 9000.

SUIT YOURSELF A WEDDING IS A GOOD EXCUSE FOR ANYONE TO BUY A NEW SUIT. While the groom and groomsmen are all likely to dress in something new, weddings are also a great opportunity for the guests to add something to their wardrobe. Watters Clothing owner Alan Watters can help take the pressure off choosing the right suit for you. There’s a huge range to choose from in store at Watters Clothing in Napier St, Deniliquin, and many more in the catalogues which can be ordered just for you. ‘‘We have a range of colours, but the traditional black, blues and charcoals are all still very popular. ‘‘In 2020 we expect the style of blue suits with brown or tan shoes to be a continuing trend.’’ ACCESSORISE Attention to detail can complete a look, whether you’re in the bridal party or one of the guests.

Choosing the right tie, pocket squares and even cuff links and tie clips can help make the suit. Braces have also had a resurgence in popularity. BE ORGANISED While it might be easy to simply buy off the rack and think you’re ready for the big day, much more is required to ensure you’re looking your best. ‘‘The earlier you organise a suit fitting the better,’’ Mr Watters said. ‘‘The more time we have to tailor the suits the better your chances are at having that comfortable fit. ‘‘We have a fair range of suits, sizes and styles, but if we don’t have what you want in stock it can be in store within a few days of ordering.’’

KNOW YOUR BUDGET Watters Clothing has a range of options to suit every taste, and budget. Buying your suit allows you to customise it to suit and fit you perfectly, but there is also an option to hire if buying is a little out of your price range. ‘‘If you’re not wanting to keep the suit we do have the option of hiring. ‘‘Our hire options include a range of lounge suits, black tie, dinner, formal and tails. ‘‘We have recently found more people choosing to buy their suits rather than hire, which is likely because suit prices have come down. ‘‘Whichever way you go, it is important to know how much you want to spend on a suit ... and stick to it.’’

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DENILIQUIN DRY CLEANERS Treat your gown with care. Professionally dry cleaned, wrapped in acid-free paper and boxed in your own wedding chest. Let us press your shirts and suits before your special day. Talk to us today. 278 George Street, Deniliquin Phone (03) 5881 1487

92 Murray Street, Finley. Phone 03 5883 2411


Say “I Do” to your dream wedding. Let us handle the rest.

The Deniliquin RSL Club will make your wedding day the very special occasion you’ve always dreamt of. We provide you with – • Dedicated, professional staff who know • All members receive free room hire how to look after you and your guests • Professional assistance planning • A beautiful setting to celebrate your special occasion your wedding celebration For more information call our functions co-ordinator, Michelle, on 03 5881 1455.

72 End Street, Deniliquin NSW 2710 | Phone 03 5881 1455 | | Email 4 // bride and groom

Rose Sievers and Daniel Jordan were married on May 4, 2019 at the Deniliquin Boat Club. Photographer: Jayde Creative Co Photography.

Kasey Collett and Matthew Hilliard chose Chippenham Park in Deniliquin for the wedding ceremony on October 12, 2019. Photographer: Tarria Moore Photography.

Hayley Bell and John James were married at Cottages on Edward in Deniliquin on November 9, 2019. Photographer: Chloe Jones Photography.

Kate Spooner and Tim Kopanica were married by the Edward River at Deniliquin Boat Club on February 16, 2019. Photographer: Rick Bentley. bride and groom // 5



20-24 Napier St Deniliquin. Phone 03 5881 2182


The Depot Historic Vehicle and Memorabilia Collection

158HardingeStreet,Deniliquin NSW2710 1300 819 000

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Central 1 Napier St (Next to Central IGA). Ph: (03) 5881 7134 Central Cellarbrations supports the responsible service and consumption of alcohol. 6 // bride and groom


COUNTRY WEDDINGS WHETHER YOU’RE PLANNING A FORMAL, TRADITIONAL STYLED WEDDING OR A MORE RELAXED NATURAL RECYCLED TIMBER THEMED WEDDING, MARQUEE CELEBRATION, OR OPEN AIR COCKTAIL STYLE WEDDING, COUNTRY WEDDING & EVENT HIRE CAN HELP YOU CREATE A SPECIAL DAY FULL OF MEMORIES. Donna and Andrew Jefferies can help you plan and style the ceremony and reception that best suits your style and theme. ‘‘We specialise is personalised and custom celebrations,’’ Donna said. ‘‘We can help with the planning and the set-up, and can offer advice on the best items to use and even lighting — whatever works for you,’’ Andrew added. ‘‘We have recently updated some of the items we can provide for your special day, and we are constantly keeping up with new trends. And of course if you don’t see what you need in our showroom, we’re happy to source it for you.’’ Country Wedding & Event Hire can cater to weddings that desire a traditional fully dressed marquee, a rustic-style set-up, or anything in between. Fully heated and air conditioned marquees can be organised to ensure the comfort of your guests regardless of the season. If you are self-catering, the team can also help you with catering equipment, stylish

Italian glassware, rustic timber dining furniture and cocktail style event furniture. Add to the ambiance with a chandelier, festoon lighting, fairy lights and an entertainment system with full laser lights, fog machine and bluetooth compatibility. And there’s also a range of centrepieces and other table decorations, tables and chairs, linens, tableware and other wedding accessories available. Choose from the great range of giant lawn games, which create an enjoyable atmosphere for all ages. Country Wedding & Event Hire thinks of everything, and can even offer something from its ’portable porcelain’ range for your celebration — a luxury toilet block consisting of four stalls, a luxury ensuite and portaloos. For the full range of services and products available, go to www.countryweddingandeventhire., drop into the showroom at the corner of Hardinge and Poictiers Sts in Deniliquin or phone (03) 5881 1944.

THE PERFECT TOAST THE RIGHT DRINK CHOICE CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE TO YOUR WEDDING CELEBRATIONS. Central Cellarbrations in Deniliquin has a massive range of stock, with more than 750 wine varieties and the best range of mainstream beer, craft beers, cider and spirits on offer. If your wedding venue does not provide a cool room for your drinks, Central Cellarbrations has a 6m x 4m portable cool room for hire. Couples who purchase all their alcohol with the business for their wedding can hire the cool room for a special price of just $100. A punch keg is also available, and the knowledgeable team at Central Cellarbrations can help you with some great punch recipe ideas. Central Cellarbrations in Deniliquin has catered for many weddings over the years, and manager Troy Bright has plenty of advice for those preparing for their special day. KEEP IT SIMPLE While couples want to make sure they have variety for their guests, choosing too many different varieties to suit individual tastes can make the process more difficult than it needs to be.

‘‘If you provide too much of a choice, it becomes quite expensive and the bar staff will tell you it makes their job much harder as well,’’ Mr Bright said. ‘‘I would advise couples to select fewer varieties, but of higher quality products. You should try to please the majority rather than the minority. ‘‘Buying in bulk usually also means you get it at a discounted rate.’’ BE PREPARED Don’t leave choosing your wine, beer and spirits to the last minute. This choice is as important as any other you will make for your big day. ‘‘You should get in early, and put your order in at least a couple of months before the wedding — the more time you give us to get what you need, the better it is for you. ‘‘We’ve got a vast range of knowledge for what specials will be on offer and when, so if you get in early it opens up that window to getting your alcohol at a discounted rate.’’

STICK TO A BUDGET If you follow the advice to this point, going over your budget should not be too much of a concern. But as Mr Bright knows all too well, a few changes here and there can make a big difference. ‘‘Particularly for large scale weddings, you need to make sure you stick as closely to your budget as possible. ‘‘Costs of drinks can add up quite quickly when you have to cater for a large amount of people, so you have to know how much you’re willing to spend early.’’ bride and groom // 7



MADELINE PHILPOT AND MATT JACKSON F R I D AY S E P T E M B E R 2 7 , 2 0 1 9 / / F I N L E Y 8 // bride and groom

SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES AND SUPPLIERS WAS A KEY FOCUS FOR FINLEY COUPLE MADELINE AND MATT JACKSON WHEN PLANNING THEIR BIG DAY. And to host all of their guests in the small town, the couple had to get creative. ‘‘We chose to have the ceremony at the Finley Golf Club and the reception at the Finley Recreation Reserve because we really wanted to keep our money in the local area and we wanted our guests to come to Finley and stay here,” she said.

‘‘But we had about 160 guests and there are not a lot of options around town to hold an event with such a large number of people. ‘‘We raised the notion of having a marquee on the oval with the Recreation Reserve Committee, and luckily for us they said yes.’’ Personal touches to suit Madeline and Matt’s personalities were heavily peppered throughout the celebrations, evident in

Madeline’s custom made wedding gown with black lace overlay on the bodice and sleeves. Their 18kg wedding cake was also personalised, with each of three tiers representing three of their favourite flavours. The couple planned their perfect celebration over two years, after a romantic proposal when they were visiting New York City, United States in October 2017.

Bride's parents: Jenny and Michael Philpot, Finley NSW. Groom's parents: Darren and Tricia Jackson, Finley NSW. CONTRIBUTORS: Ceremony and reception: Finley Golf Club (ceremony) and Finley Recreation Reserve (reception). Catering: Michele Seymour Catering, Smokin' Good's BBQ and Finley IGA. Band: Toucan Rock from Corowa. Celebrant: Vanessa Ranken from Barooga Photographer: McQuilton Productions. Photo Venue: ‘Leniston Pines’ wool shed and paddocks. Bride’s dress: Jessica Young Designs, Yarrawonga. Bridesmaids’ dresses: Jessica Young Designs, Yarrawonga. Suits: Talisman, Maroopna. Flowers: Felicity Pinnuck. Cake: Amanda's Cake Art. Hair and makeup: Essential Hair and Beauty in Finley. Setting: Chasing Sane Studio, Finley Party Hire and Country Wedding and Event Hire. bride and groom // 9


12 MONTHS Find inspiration for the styling/theme of the wedding.


Draw up a budget of how much you want to spend.

Send save-the-date cards, and specify whether children will or will not be invited.

Ask friends or relatives to be in the wedding party, such as bridesmaids and groomsmen, flower girls and pageboys, ceremony poem or prayer readers.

Buy the bridesmaids’ dresses and buy or advise them on which type of shoes to source.

Pick a wedding date and time: select several options then check these with your venues, celebrant and important guests. Then book in the wedding ceremony venue, reception venue and celebrant.

Book the ceremony entertainment (such as musicians or a DJ).

4–6 MONTHS Design and order the invitations and place settings at the same time, to save money with a bundle deal.

Delegate tasks: you can either plan the wedding yourselves, pay a wedding planner to do it, or delegate some tasks to loved ones you trust.

Buy the wedding rings.

Do the guest list as early as possible, as many bookings relate to this.

Buy any under-garments for the wedding dress before the final fitting, to ensure a streamlined look.

Buy or organise to rent the suits for the groom and groomsmen, and don’t forget the shoes.

Buy jewellery. 8–10 MONTHS Start researching and trying on wedding dress options — and purchase or order in as soon as possible.

Start having dance lessons now for the formal dances. 3 MONTHS

Plan the reception food/choose from menus and book in the caterer.

Mail the wedding invitations.

Plan the styling of your wedding — and either start collecting the items you need, or pay a decorator to co-ordinate this.

Hire wedding-day transport, such as limousines, vintage or other specialty vehicles.

Make an order to the florist for the bouquets, boutonnieres, flowers for close family to wear and flowers for the venues.

Book the hair and make-up artists for the whole bridal party, and have a trial one or two months beforehand.

Book in the photographer and videographer.

Make bookings for the honeymoon, and renew passports if planning an overseas trip.

Register for gifts at your favourite department store — ideally one with an online ordering capacity for out-of-town guests. Book in rental companies if you need to rent anything for the ceremony or reception, such as decorations, chairs, tables, tents, sound equipment. If an engagement party is intended, plan this for the first few months after the engagement. Consider registering for gifts or putting gift suggestions (such as cash towards the honeymoon) on the invitation. 10 // bride and groom

Plan the wedding cake and book in the cake maker.

Purchase bonbonnieres. 2 MONTHS Have the hen’s night and buck’s night. Write the wedding vows. Purchase thank-you gifts for parents and the wedding party. Apply for a marriage licence (your celebrant should be able to help with this).

1 MONTH Do the final RSVP count and chase up any outstanding ones, then finalise catering numbers. Have the final wedding dress fitting, and bring the maid of honour along to learn how to bustle the dress. Have the dress pressed and store it neatly at home. Ensure every item is purchased for the bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s outfits, right down to the shoes, jewellery/ cufflinks, undergarments and men’s socks. Call all key vendors to confirm arrangements, make payments, fill in any last-minute forms and submit required itineraries. Make personalised itineraries for the wedding party members and any other key wedding vendors, including the day’s proceedings with times and a list of key contact numbers, and nominate a person responsible for each key area on the day so vendors know who to talk to in case of an emergency. Also, organise someone to return any hired items the day after the wedding. Make a wedding program to be handed out to guests on the day. Do the reception seating chart and send to the wedding planner/ decorator or related person. 2 WEEKS Give a list of essential photographs to the photographer, including any key family pics you want, to ensure you don’t miss out. Confirm a final song list with the DJ or musician, and the songs for important moments – such as the walk-in to the reception, the first dance, the father-daughter dance, and the exit song for the end of the night – and an indication as to what time these should occur. The bride should get a haircut and colour. 1 WEEK The groom and groomsmen should go for their final fitting and pick up their suits. Call all wedding vendors to re-confirm arrangements, ask for any last-minute details they require and make any final payments. The groom should get a hair-cut. 2–3 DAYS Double check that the wedding dress is crinkle-free; if not, organise a last-minute press. Drop off the place cards, table numbers, menus, decorations and bonbonnieres to the person responsible for the wedding/ ceremony venue set-ups. Have any fake tan and manicure/pedicure appointments.

DAY BEFORE Do a dress rehearsal with the wedding party to ensure everyone knows what to do, where to stand and when to walk. Usually the table settings are done in the afternoon; double check these once complete and make any last-minute suggestions to the decorator. If there is time, book in a relaxing massage for the late afternoon or early evening. NIGHT BEFORE Aim for a relaxing evening with key loved ones. Also ensure you are in bed early and don’t drink too much, so you are well rested for the wedding day. Give a small memento to the wedding party members the night before, as a thank-you for their support. For bridesmaids, often this is some jewellery to wear at the wedding. Give wedding bands to the best man and maid of honour to hold during the ceremony. WEDDING DAY You are well organised and the key people have been nominated as responsible for particular tasks/areas on the day – so now it is time to simply relax and enjoy the day yourself. AFTER THE HONEYMOON Write and send thank-you notes to guests and helpful vendors. bride and groom // 11

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1 Napier St (Next to Central IGA). Ph: (03) 5881 7134 Central Cellarbrations supports the responsible service and consumption of alcohol.

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A one stop shop for your special day. Make an appointment to order your flowers that will be made with your own personal style and theme, or browse through our acres of roses and natives for you to also choose from. We can also provide timber wedding dĂŠcor made to your specifications, and can meet all your linen requirements and floral centrepiece needs. Corner of the Newell Highway/Donaldsons Road, FINLEY

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CHOOSING YOUR RING YOUR WEDDING RING IS SOMETHING THAT YOU'LL WANT TO WEAR FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, SO IT HAS TO BE PERFECT. Whether you want a traditional band or something more unique, Deniliquin Jewellers manager Kate Smith offers the following top tips to help you choose the perfect style for you.

BE PRACTICAL Keep your lifestyle in mind at all times. Remember, you'll be wearing this band every day. The idea is to choose something that seamlessly becomes a part of your life.

NARROW YOUR CHOICES Because this is one of the few pieces — if not the only piece — of jewellery you’ll shop for together and wear every day, make some preliminary choices before you hit the stores. What colour metal do you prefer: yellow, white or rose? Are you interested in something simple or over-the-top?

THINK LONG-TERM Don’t be afraid to be trendy, but make sure the style you choose is something you’ll still want to wear in 20 years.

START YOUR SEARCH EARLY Once you have a basic idea of what you want, head into our store. Give yourselves at least two months to browse, research, price and revisit rings that catch your eye. Allow even more time if you’re interested in a custom piece; extras such as engraving can take more time too.

SIZE IT RIGHT Most people rarely take their wedding band off. Do your final fitting when you are calm and your body temperature is normal.

CLEAN IT OFTEN Deniliquin Jewellers can help you keep your ring looking as new as it was on your wedding day, with regular cleanings. And make sure to have your stone settings checked annually. PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT AND KEEP IT SAFE Your ring is a lasting keepsake of your special day, so think about insurance. And make sure to be careful when travelling with your jewellery.

BE DIFFERENT Don’t fret if you like platinum while he likes yellow gold. There’s no rule that you have to match metals or even styles. Pick wedding bands that reflect each of your style sensibilities and tastes. SET A BUDGET Have an idea about what you would like to spend and stick to it.

SECLUDED AND NATURAL WEDDING VENUE IMAGINE A WEDDING CEREMONY NESTLED AMONGST TOWERING GUM TREES, WITH A CHEEKY KANGAROO IN THE BACKGROUND AND THE CALLING OF BIRDS IN THE DISTANCE. It’s all on offer at the Deniliquin Golf Club, which can cater to your ceremony and reception and eliminate the stress of having to transfer between venues on your special day. You can choose to be married next to one of the club’s expertly manicured fairways with access to an alfresco area, or utilise the function room which has the capacity to seat 160 for a formal celebration. If an outdoor wedding is your choice, the club’s beautiful green course and forested setting is a beautiful backdrop. Club director Kathy Simpson said couples and their guests also have the added advantage of the neighbouring Deniliquin Golf Leisure Resort, which is managed separately to the club.

‘‘Our outdoor area is fantastic for canapes while the newlyweds are off for their photo shoot,’’ Mrs Simpson said. ‘‘It really is quite a nice spot. With the facilities we have, along with the accommodation at the resort, we have everything covered at the golf club. ‘‘We have had a few weddings on the golf course, with the reception held at the club house. ‘‘We try to work to achieve what the couple wants and we can be quite flexible in meeting those needs. ‘‘We can provide our furnishings, or couples are welcome to hire their own and use them outside or in our functions room. ‘‘The club is ideally suited to a family orientated wedding, with plenty of room for

the children to run around both inside and outside.’’ When catering for your guests, speak to club manager Norm Purtill about bar packages. The club’s own chef can cater weddings from the newly renovated kitchen. You can choose from silver service, hot and cold buffet, or a more relaxed barbecue on the lawns. ‘‘We also strive to be competitive and realistic with our prices, but of course the cost will be dependent on the size of the wedding,’’ Mrs Simpson said. ‘‘The more notice we have to book the venue for your special day the better. ‘‘To guarantee that you get your desired date, it’s best to book in quite early.’’

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ANNIE FORDYCE AND LACHY SMALL S AT U R D AY A P R I L 1 3 , 2 0 1 9 / / D E N I L I Q U I N 14 // bride and groom

ANNIE AND LACHY WANTED THEIR WEDDING TO BE RELAXED AND NATURAL, AND THE WEDDING AND RECEPTION VENUE PLAYED A BIG PART IN THAT. The pair chose to be married on private property, owned by friends and located right on the picturesque Edward River at Deniliquin. ‘‘A formal wedding just wasn’t our thing,’’ Annie said. ‘‘We opted for a cocktail reception with mismatched chairs, hay bale seating, festoon lighting and native flowers.’’ The bride walked down the aisle in a dress

made of ivory, French Chantilly lace with a nude silk lining, fitted to her silhouette. She carried combination of king proteas, native greenery and baby’s breath, working perfectly into their natural and relaxed theme. ‘‘I was surprisingly relaxed, but starting the day with mimosas always helps,’’ Annie said. ‘‘It was perfect; I married the man of my dreams and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.’’

Twelve months of planning went into the wedding, and Annie said focusing on the ‘‘big things’’ first made all the difference. ‘‘Organise the photographer/videographer, music, venue, catering, dress, suits and celebrant first. ‘‘All the little things will fall into place, so have fun and enjoy the process and don’t let it stress you out.’’

Bride's parents: Jo-ann and John Fordyce, Deniliquin, NSW. Grooms parent's: Deb and Jim Small, Deniliquin, NSW. CONTRIBUTORS: Ceremony and reception: Private property beside the Edward River. Catering: Bronte’s Gourmet. Music: Georgina Bish (ceremony) and Matty and Jamie Duo (reception). Celebrant: Cassie Biggs. Photographer and videographer: Daniel and Shannaya Films. Bride’s dress: Madi Lane Bridal - Eden gown. Bridesmaids’ dresses: Shona Joy - Luxe cocktail frill dress in rose. Suits: Numanz, Echuca. Flowers: Proteas Direct, with bouquets assembled by Deniliquin Florist. Cake: Cakes by Kate. Hair: Tegan Atley. Makeup: Brush Beauty. Arrival car: Purtill’s vintage bus ‘Rosie’ Setting: Country Wedding and Event Hire. bride and groom // 15

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MAKING YOUR WEDDING DAY SPECIAL AS SHE ENTERS HER FOURTH YEAR AS A MARRIAGE CELEBRANT, HAVING PERFORMED MORE THAN 20 WEDDINGS, LIBBY RUSSELL HAS GAINED A WEALTH OF VALUABLE EXPERIENCE.. With a developing understanding of what makes a good celebrant and how important it is for a marrying couple to find a celebrant that suits them, Libby says it is important for all couples to do their research. “When choosing your wedding vendors, you want to be sure that you connect with them so you know they are on the same page as you for their role in your big day. This is particularly important when it comes to choosing a celebrant,” she said. “You also need to know that they are going to deliver an amazing ceremony which flows seamlessly, and can be enjoyed by both you and your guests, all while putting you at ease so you can share a beautiful connection and enjoy a truly memorable wedding.”

MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE: Do your homework on your celebrant, including talking to their previous clients if possible. Ask yourself: Is your celebrant friendly, reliable and flexible? Can they help you write your own personal vows? What is their back-up plan should they happen to fall ill or be unable to attend the ceremony for some reason? Do they have a reliable PA system? Let your celebrant know if you have any requirements regarding what you would like them to wear on the day. Your wedding ceremony should not be a surprise to you. Your celebrant should involve you in the creating and writing of your ceremony.

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT: Civil marriage celebrants give you a professional option, and can deliver a civil ceremony that is equally as emotional and sensitive as any denominational ceremony. A civil marriage celebrant will advise on and handle all the legal documentation from start to finish, whilst protecting your privacy. Make sure to ask what exactly is included in your package.

YOUR CHOICE OF CEREMONY LOCATION: These days most couples want to get married outside. These locations provide some stunning photo opportunities and can really enhance the atmosphere of the wedding, however there are some factors that should be considered if you are wanting an outside wedding.

The weather - Extreme temperatures, high winds and current fire danger should all be monitored in the week/s before the wedding and an alternative venue should be organised should the weather conditions present a risk to the wedding party and guests. Terrain - please consider your elderly or disabled guests and choose a location that they can get to and from without risk. Facilities - consider whether there are toilet facilities accessible to the location, if there is any shade and please provide water for guests should the weather be warm. Privacy - the local town beach may be your favourite spot for your wedding, but if it is a public place you have no control over who else will be there at the time of your ceremony.


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Address of parents: ����������������������������������������������������������������������������

Bridesmaid(s) and/or matron of honour: ������������������������������������������

Groom's name: �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������


Son of: ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������

Description of bridesmaid(s) dresses: �������������������������������������������������

Address of parents: ����������������������������������������������������������������������������


Where married: ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������

Best man: ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������

Time and date: �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������

Groomsmen: ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������

Officiating Clergyman: ����������������������������������������������������������������������

Where reception held: ������������������������������������������������������������������������

Description of bride's dress: ���������������������������������������������������������������

Where honeymoon is to be spent: ������������������������������������������������������


Future home: ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������

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